Hawks break into top 10 as District 6-4A begins
Fourteen games into the 2018 season, Iowa Park’s Hawk baseball team is catching some attention around the state with a 13-1 record.
On Monday, the latest Class 4A poll from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) was released, and Coach Michael Swenson’s Hawks have broken into the top 10 at No. 10.
The only loss to this point for the Hawks came against No. 3 Godley (11-0) in the Midlothian Heritage Tournament.
Swenson’s focus in the Heritage tournament was not on Godley, but two other state-ranked teams in Kennedale and host Heritage. The Hawk coach put his top two pitchers – Derek Hostas and Chris Dickens – against those two opponents and came away with 6-2, 2-0 wins, respectively.
The current THSBCA poll for Class 4A is as follows:
1. Argyle – 14-0
2. Sweeny – 16-1
3. Godley – 11-0
4. Abilene Wylie – 10-2-1
5. Robinson – 9-3
6. Pleasant Grove – 10-2
7. Boerne – 12-2
8. Little Cypress Mauriceville – 18-3
9. Bushland – 15-4
10. Iowa Park – 13-1
Others receiving votes: Midlothian Heritage, Canton, Salado, and Kennedale.
HEADED TO DISTRICT
This past week, the Hawks picked up two more non-conference wins heading into tomorrow’s District 6-4A opener against Hirschi (4:30 p.m, Hoskins Field).
On Saturday, the Hawks broke out early at home against Bridgeport with a six-run effort in the first inning, and held for a 7-0 win in a rain-shortened two inning game.
Hostas picked up the win on the mound, allowing no runs on one hit with two strikeouts in two innings of effort.
The Hawks pounded out seven hits in the two innings, led by Kaden Teafatiller who doubled with one run scored and 3 RBIs.
Braxton Briones went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs and an RBI.
Other Hawks getting hits were Kaleb Gafford (double), Dickens, and Kase Johnson.
In Mineral Wells Tuesday, Briones and Hostas combined on the mound to pitch a six-hit shutout as Iowa Park defeated Brownwood 6-0.
Briones earned the win, allowing all six hits through six innings while striking out six. Hostas threw one inning of relief.
The Hawks scored two runs in the second inning, and added four more in the sixth.
Trent Green went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the second. Johnson picked up 2 RBIs in a 1-for-4 effort. Other RBIs were recorded by Hostas (1-for-1 with three walks), Briones and Dickens.
Other Hawks getting hits were Gafford (double), Diaz, and Kaden Ashlock.
MORE TO COME
Following Friday’s district opener against Hirschi, the Hawks will host Vernon Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., then travel to Lake Worth next Friday for a non-conference game starting at 5 p.m.
JV HAWKS HOT, TOO
Iowa Park’s JV Hawks, coached by Jeremy Kirk, are also having success leading into their 6-4A opener tomorrow at Vernon (5 p.m.).
The JV Hawks defeated Bridgeport Saturday 9-0, and downed Brownwood Tuesday 7-2 to improve to 11-1 on the year.
Mickye Fallon and Kade Thomas combined for a two-hit shutout over the Bulls Friday. Fallon went three innings, allowing two hits with eight strikouts to pick up the win.
The Hawks had eight hits in the game. Cross Waters led with a 2-for-2 effort with two runs and an RBI.
Waters, Connor Anderson, Mason Ashlock and Cy Lalumia all had doubles. Chance Helton went 1-for-1 with a run and 2 RBIs. Other hits were recorded by Fallon and Ryder Roberts.
Tuesday against Brownwood, the JV Hawks trailed 2-1 through five before scoring one in the sixth and five more in the seventh for a 7-2 win.
Logan Kimbro took the win on the mound, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk through seven innings.
The JV Hawks pounded out 13 hits in the contest, including multiple hits by Kimbro, Fallon, Helton, Jesse Toft, and Hayden Branch. Fallon and Helton had 3 RBIs each.